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The first Priests of the Sacred Heart from the German Province arrived in South Africa on November 28, 1923. They established their first mission, St. Teresa, in the Herschel district, which was later to become part of the diocese of Aliwal North. During World War II, the freedom, and therefore the work of the SCJs, was limited as a result of the internment of the German priests and brothers. A…
The Priests of the Sacred Heart have maintained a presence in Canada since 1910, when the first group came to Alberta to offer pastoral care to the French population located there. In 1936, a residence was established in Montreal at 2830 East Boulevard Gouin, where our community still resides. In 1950 we established our first community in Ontario. Our Ontario administrative center is located at 58 High Park Boulevard in…
This story of a "new beginning" in India is being written to let people know a little about our Congregation in India. Every "new beginning" is a great grace for those in the new foundation as well as for the Congregation as a whole. This is a story of grace, a grace marked by joy, sacrifice, hope, and challenge. Pre-history Long before the first SCJ's came to establish a foundation…
Father Ezio Toller, SCJ On March 14, 1998 the Superior General and his council decided to establish the SCJ region of Mozambique, the 23rd Province of the Congregation. The Priests of the Sacred Heart entered Mozambique on March 27, 1947. There were four missionaries, full of faith, enthusiasm and good will, but they were going into an environment which was unknown to them. They settled in the central province, called…
God has His own way of doing things, which at times, is just not the way we had planned. This history of the SCJ presence in Papua is a case in point. At the end of September 1999 Dr. Joseph Herman Ojong, the director of Mitra Hospital in Timika, Papua (formerly known as Irian Jaya), Indonesia intensified his recruitment program and was preparing for his first medical service in Southwestern…
Over the past few months, the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been deteriorating. Finally newspapers in the United States have begun reporting on these tragic events. Father Richard Mis, SCJ, a General Councilor of the Priests of the Sacred Heart and Father Virginio Bressanelli, SCJ, our Superior General, recently made the following appeal: From official sources and our own SCJ confreres we have learned that battles…
AN SCJ PRESENCE IN ALBANIA Father Mario Bosio, SCJFather Michael Bulmetti, SCJ This article on the SCJ presence in Albania was written by two of our SCJs who worked in that country for more than ten years. One of the authors, Father Bulmetti, died suddenly on April 4, 1999. He dedicated the last weeks of his life entirely to the Kosovar refugees. Born in Portocannone, an Albanian village in Molise,…
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